With all the skincare products on the market and conflicting information on the web, things can get pretty confusing. Everyone wants to know which types of products they should be using in order to avoid skin concerns like wrinkles, acne, dermatitis, and more. Here’s our expert take!
The staples of any skincare routine are a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer for your specific skin type. It’s most imperative that you find a gentle cleanser that won’t irritate your skin or cause it to break out. Look for the word “non-comedogenic” on every product label to ensure the formula doesn’t contain ingredients that will clog your pores and lead to acne or other conditions. Choose an alcohol-free toner and remember that sometimes alcohol is labeled “ethanol,” so read your ingredients.
Moisturizer is an important component of skincare and should always be applied after cleansing, and even more for people with dry skin or those with skin concerns like dermatitis. And depending on your skin type, you might also add in a serum, which can help with hydration in addition to your moisturizer. With its smaller molecules, it can better penetrate the skin.
Finally, always be sure to use a moisturizer or other product with SPF 15 or more. This protection from the sun is vital on a daily basis, regardless of whether you’re indoors, and has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Technically, any skincare regimen that uses high-quality products appropriate for your skin type can be considered anti-aging, as properly cleansing your skin daily will go a long way toward keeping you looking young. While you may want to incorporate products that have retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), and beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) in them if you have mature skin, the most important thing to prevent fine lines and wrinkles is actually hydration.
So first, get a good moisturizer. You can opt for a humectant, which draws in water molecules from the air and keeps moisture locked in, or a more oil-based moisturizer -- or both! Also, ensure that you’re not using any products that are too drying, which is especially common in cleansers and toners.
To further fight wrinkles, you can look for collagen-promoting products, antioxidant ingredients like vitamin C, and eye creams with peptides in them.
There are a couple of differences in a skincare regimen formulated for oily or acne-prone skin, but the foundations still stand: don’t use anything harsh or overly drying, make sure to moisturize, and always wear SPF protection.
That said, if you suffer from acne, try products with salicylic acid, sodium PCA, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), and beta-hydroxy acids (BHA). If you’re interested in natural ingredients, you might also find some relief from breakouts with witch hazel and tea tree oil. Apply any products sparingly to start, and move slowly with your skincare regimen, adding new products in one at a time. That way, if breakouts do occur, you’ll be better able to pinpoint the culprit.
Need more help with your skincare regimen or want some specific guidance on products to try? If you’re in the greater New York City area, contact Vanguard Dermatology today for an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists.